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Mudslide Update

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More Than 100 Now Missing

THE DEATH TOLL AND NUMBERS of missing persons continue to climb in the deadly mudslide that occurred this weekend in Snohomish County, Washington (see the Firegeezer report HERE).

The mile-wide mudslide has literally swept away an entire community that dates back 100 years.  As of Tuesday morning, there are 14 known fatalities and the collation of missing person reports over the weekend indicate approximately 176 people missing and possibly buried under the 15-to-30 feet of quicksand-consistency mud.

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An updated report from Reuters filed an hour before this posting says:

About a dozen workers searched overnight for as many as 176 people who have been reported missing since a rain-soaked hillside collapsed on Saturday morning, swallowing dozens of homes near Oso, Snohomish County Executive John Lovick said.

Compounding their sense of urgency was a fear of flooding as water levels rose behind a crude dam of mud and rubble that had been dumped into the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River by the slide in an area along State Route 530, about 55 miles northeast of Seattle, in the Pacific Northwest state.

Authorities said they were hoping the number of people listed as missing would decline as they had perhaps been double-counted or had been slow to alert family and officials about their whereabouts.

The rescuers had failed to locate any more people in the rubble early on Tuesday.

John Pennington, Snohomish County’s director of emergency management, said that after three days, the operation is shifting from a rescue operation to a recovery mission.

The Associated Press filed an updated video report:

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